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Changes to the Sails Pavilion description[edit]

I may not have done the most justice to the spirit of the description of the Sails Pavilion, but factually it needed to be changed. The roof of the Sails Pavilion has no glass whatsoever, and is not supported by "sail-like structures." Rather, the roof IS a sail-like structure, made of Teflon-coated fiberglass and supported by metal columns and steel cables. One end of the hall has a wall abutting the new extension that is entirely glass, and was put in place due to noise complaints from nearby residents as the Pavilion is often used to host concerts in conjunction with conventions. The roof is very similar in design, structure, and appearence to that of the Denver International Airport. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:13, 3 February 2007 (UTC).

Are the stated dimensions still correct? I was under the impression that the San Diego Convention Center was 1.7 million square feet. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:11, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Comic books[edit]

IIRC, the center was destroyed in a one shot comic about the popular comic character Lobo. A 'Dark Horse' comic book 'Hero Zero' had a giant fall on the center, killing many. I think these are noteable enough to be mentioned with the right sourcing. Lots42 (talk) 19:15, 20 October 2009 (UTC)


No information on capacity (the number of people that can be there at one time)? — al-Shimoni (talk) 11:49, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

There are individual capacity charts for different parts of the convention center here (primary source) and here (primary source), this non-reliable source says that maximum seating is 48,910. That being said there are no non-primary sources that give a single number.--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 18:25, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Merge proposal[edit]

We currently have a separate article for the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. That article is an unsourced stub and has been for more than 10 years. What little information it contains, could easily be fitted into this parent article. I proposed that the Corporation article be merged/redirected into this Convention Center article. --MelanieN (talk) 15:31, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

I would not oppose this suggestion by MelanieN.--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 14:05, 8 July 2015 (UTC)
Also agree. It looks like it's had some legal troubles (WashPo noted and others) in the last few years, but I don't think that will make it too long for the main SDCC article. Worst case, it can always be separated out again. Ten years is a long time without any TLC to justify its existence. Alaynestone (talk) 03:47, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
I am carrying out the merge. --MelanieN (talk) 15:26, 19 August 2016 (UTC)

"Further reading"[edit]

Someone in good faith has been adding dozens of links to a "further reading" section in this article. It got completely out of hand. That kind of section is appropriate for listing one or two sources that give added depth to the subject beyond what is in the article. It is not a place to list dozens of articles just because they are about the subject, or "potential sources" which should instead be evaluated and (if found valuable and not duplicative of existing references) added to the article. The vast majority of articles do not include a "Further reading" section. See WP:Further reading.

I am reproducing the list below. If some of these have pertinent information which is not already included or referenced in the article, they should be added, as text-cited references. If they are duplicates of what is already in the article and referenced, there is no need for them. --MelanieN (talk) 19:22, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Update: turns out this was a temporary addition, intended to help new editors at an edit-a-thon this weekend. So I am moving them back to the article for now. --MelanieN (talk) 01:54, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

Further reading[edit]

Sources that could be used to improve the article are:

  • "Study Paints $23 Million Port Project". The San Diego Union. January 7, 1975. p. B-1.
  • "New Convention Center Proposal Wins Backing". The San Diego Union. April 3, 1975. p. B-6.
  • Bos, Otto J. (November 24, 1975). "Convention Center Site Choices Told". The San Diego Union. p. B-1.
  • Carson, Daniel C. (April 19, 1981). "Proposition A Debate At Last Nears An End". The San Diego Union. p. B-1.
  • Carson, Daniel C. (May 7, 1981). "San Diego Voters Reject Convention Center Plan". The San Diego Union. p. A-1.
  • Carson, Daniel C. (May 12, 1981). "Mayor Postpones New Convention Center Drive Until June 1982". The San Diego Union. p. B-1.
  • Carson, Daniel C. (September 9, 1981). "Atlas Sues City For Rollback to 6-Cent Hotel Tax". The San Diego Union. p. B-1.
  • Lindquist, Diane (July 6, 1983). "Coronadans Seek Port Fund Priority". The San Diego Union. p. B-3.
  • "Linchpin". The San Diego Union (Editorial). July 25, 1983. p. B-10.
  • "Downtown Bulletins: Nolen Center?". The San Diego Union. November 27, 1983. p. F-7.
  • Richardson, James (December 15, 1983). "National City officials want more from Port District". The San Diego Union. p. B-3.
  • Spivak, Sharon (April 14, 1987). "To whom go spoils of room tax?". Evening Tribune. p. A-1.
  • Bernstein, Leonard (January 11, 1989). "San Diego Council Votes to Rename Center for King". Los Angeles Times.
  • Kraul, Chris (March 5, 1989). "New San Diego Center May Not Open on Time". Los Angeles Times.
  • Bernstein, Leonard (July 26, 1989). "Port Rejects King's Name on S.D. Center". Los Angeles Times.
  • Acuna, Armando (November 19, 1989). "Convention Center to Open, at Last". Los Angeles Times.
  • Gaw, Jonathan (September 4, 1991). "Weak Fabric Blamed for Rip in Center Roof Downtown". Los Angeles Times.
  • Sanders, Heywood T. (June 1992). "Building the Convention City: Politics, Finance, and Public Investment in Urban America". Journal of Urban Affairs. 14 (2): 135–159. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9906.1992.tb00282.x.
  • LePage, Andrew (December 1, 1992). "$114-Million Expansion Proposed for Convention Center". Los Angeles Times.
  • Morgan, Kitty (February 7, 1993). "Style-savvy San Diego City's architecture looks to the future as it honors past". The Orange County Register.
  • "San Diego to Raise Hotel Room Tax to Fund New Sports Arena". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. June 8, 1994.
  • "San Diego Convention Center Expansion Update". San Diego Business Journal. January 27, 1997 – via EBSCO's MasterFILE Complete. Unknown parameter |subscription= ignored (help)
  • Petersen, David C. (1996). Sports, Convention, and Entertainment Facilities. Urban Land Institute. p. 208–211. ISBN 0-87420-781-9.
  • LaVelle, Philip J. (May 13, 1998). "The battle over Proposition A". The San Diego Union-Tribune. p. A-1.
  • LaVelle, Philip J. (May 13, 1998). "The evolution of the convention center". The San Diego Union-Tribune. p. A-21.
  • Berger, Horst (August 1999). "Form and function of tensile structures for permanent buildings". Engineering Structures. 21 (8): 669–679. doi:10.1016/S0141-0296(98)00022-4.
  • Atkinson, Thomas G. (Winter 2002). "Civil Engineering for Buildings". The Journal of San Diego History. 48 (1).
  • Erie, Steven P.; Kogan, Vladimir; MacKenzie, Scott A. (May 2010). "Redevelopment, San Diego Style: The Limits of Public–Private Partnerships". Urban Affairs Review. 45 (5): 644–678. doi:10.1177/1078087409359760.
  • Boo, Soyoung; Kim, Miyoung (August 2010). "The Influence of Convention Center Performance on Hotel Room Nights". Journal of Travel Research. 49 (3): 297–309. doi:10.1177/0047287509346855.
  • Weisbert, Lori (March 16, 2012). "Feud brewing over marketing of convention center". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  • "Board Takes Action Advancing Proposed San Diego Convention Center Expansion". Unified Port of San Diego. September 21, 2012.
  • Keatts, Andrew (February 18, 2014). "Convention Center Fix-It List: Carpet, Sprinklers — and the Repairs Budget Itself". Voice of San Diego.
  • Hirsh, Lou (September 14, 2015). "Should It Stay or Should It Grow?". San Diego Business Journal.
  • Weisberg, Lori (September 15, 2015). "Who pays for convention center repairs?". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  • Mooney, Brian F. (Winter 2016). "The Rick Legacy: Planning, Designing and Engineering in San Diego Since 1927". The Journal of San Diego History. 62 (1): 57–66.
  • Hirsh, Lou (March 7, 2016). "Convention Center Board Names Rippetoe CEO". San Diego Business Journal.
  • Hirsh, Lou (May 23, 2016). "Convention Center's New CEO Ready to Talk". San Diego Business Journal.
  • Hirsh, Lou (June 27, 2016). "City Obtaining $25.5M State Loan for Convention Center Repairs". San Diego Business Journal.
  • Weisberg, Lori (June 30, 2016). "It's a go for convention center repairs". The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The offline sources are readily available through Resource Request. --Worldbruce (talk) 16:02, 11 October 2016 (UTC)

Where WP:OFFLINE does abide, perhaps it is possible to contact the San Diego Historical Society Research Library to see if they have those items in their collection.--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 04:54, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

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Coordinate errorb[edit]


The following coordinate fixes are needed for (talk) 07:32, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

You haven't explained what you think is erroneous, and the coordinates in the article appear to be correct. If you still think that there is an error, please give a clear explanation of what it is. Deor (talk) 14:51, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

Fifth Avenue Landing sources[edit]

--RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 07:50, 20 February 2019 (UTC)